Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he had made it clear to France that Australia had “very big” concerns regarding its submarine arrangement.

The prime minister was asked about the scrapped $90 billion submarine contract with France during a media conference in Washington DC.

“I’d already been engaged with the French, going back to the middle of June,” Mr Morrison said.

“Making it very clear that Australia had very big concerns about the capability of the conventional submarine and its ability to meet the strategic environment that Australia would have to operate in.

“I made that very clear, both in discussions and in correspondence with the president.

“So there’d been three months of discussion around that particular issue.”

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